Online Accounting Technology Degree Options |

Every business and organization that gains a profit has to deal with that money in a number of ways. The most notable way is the recording and analyzing of financial transactions of a business to keep their finances in order. Accounting is extremely important to a business and in today’s society seeing this information electronically is becoming more prominent. Many accredited online colleges and universities are now offering degree distinctions in accounting technology.

This field of study is relatively new but extremely efficient in giving students not only an accounting education but also one that is integrated with learning and understanding the technology used for accounting. Prospective students will gain a solid foundation in accounting by learning about financial management and how to apply learned theories and skills to real life situations. The goal of an accounting technology degree program is to prepare students to function in a variety of business environments. Critical thinking, accounting technology, and professional communication are skills courses will focus on to prepare students to be successful as an accounting technician in today’s society.

Most online colleges and universities offer an associate’s degree and bachelor’s degree. Each program will offer the proper education for the student who has a career goal of working with companies and organizations by providing accounting services. The technology aspect of this degree is implemented by the knowledge of how to use current technology and tools to present financial information to employees, executives, and individuals who are working with the company. Students will gain a valued education within the field that employers will want as a part of their financial team.

A typical associate’s degree may require students to take approximately 95 credits to earn their degree. Students will have to complete a certain number of general education courses. These types of courses include humanities, composition, mathematics, sciences, and social studies. A program at this level will incorporate accounting concepts, financial applications, and elements of business with technology specifically targeted on accounting. Students will learn through a variety of courses how to create, analyze, and interpret financial information. Courses will include fundamentals of tax preparation, principles of marketing, corporate finance, computing software, and more.

A bachelor’s degree program gives students the opportunity to dive into every aspect of accounting and technology that will prepare for a wide job market upon graduation. Students will learn the same information as they would in an associate’s degree but will further their knowledge in advanced courses. Upper-level courses will expand a student’s knowledge in cost accounting, budgeting, financial analysis, taxation, auditing, and more. Colleges may require students to complete approximately 180 credit hours, 48 of those will be completed in general education courses. Technology courses are specifically focused on using technology in relation to accounting. For example, a technology course may be computing and productivity software. In a class like this a student will learn how to use computer technology, the Internet, and more to provide knowledge in problem solving and other working environments.

Start your career as an accounting technician today. Search out colleges that offer degree distinctions in this area. Completing an accredited program in accounting technology can prepare students to use the latest technology in direct connection with their accounting skills. Don’t let your passion pass you by, start now.

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Do You Use Your Technology Like It’s 1995 or 2025? Driving Profit by Understanding History |

A few years ago, I gave a presentation to a group of CPAs in industry on the topic, “Technology and System Integration.” It may be a good topic, but it’s a bad title. Thinking through the topic, I’ve decided I should have called it “Getting Unstuck.” And I thought I’d cast some of the material in the form of an article.

As I think about technology, one of the key issues is rate of change. Twenty-five years ago when I started in this business, I routinely advised clients to wait a year after the release of a new software version to consider updating to it. Today, I’m often waiting for the features in the next release and install within a few weeks.

Dynamics NAV 2009 is a good example. We have been talking to clients about its role tailored interface, user customizable interface, and ease of use since late 2008, well before the release.

I’ve divided the last forty or so years into four stages of thinking about computers. Mind you, these stages are mine, but I think you’ll agree in general.

Beginning in the 1960s, the first commercially affordable computers were developed. Businesses saw them initially as computing machines, applying them to the task of collating and summarizing data. The US Census used some of the earliest generations of these affordable and functional computers. Almost all of the early computers just summarized data.

Computer programming languages like COBOL made it cost-effective to develop business programs for these machines. Accounting was a time consuming and labor intensive manual task. Businesses computerized it.

The advent of the IBM PC in 1979 brought a new generation of computers to businesses that couldn’t afford their grandparent machines, and many businesses jumped on the wagon.

I call this stage Data Processing (DP) thinking. The computer was seen as a replacement for manual, labor intensive work. The business application of the computer was to replace many clerks with one computer which did their work quickly and correctly. The computer was usually confined to a specific task, little more than accounting and word processing.

About 1986, the first computer networks that were stable enough to be operated in small and mid-sized businesses were developed. Novell was an early leader in this market. Managers and sales people entered the fray. Academics had also been grinding away at the business application of this new toy, the computer.

Management began to realize that the computer had valuable data that could be used in the operation of a business. Managers analyzed sales margins. Monitoring budgets became a snap.

Exception reporting was developed. In exception reporting, normal is defined, and anything outside normal is reported. There is no need to review data that is normal. Suppose gross profit should be 25% to 50%. The computer program need report only items that fall outside that range.

This was the Management Information System (MIS) thinking stage. Computers were seen as tools to collect and report data which made managers more effective. If managers have the data they need, the company will be more effective, or that was the philosophy. A good computer system provided the data that managers needed. Or so they hoped.

Companies soon realized that managers weren’t the only people in the organization that needed information. So during the next stage of development, they dropped management. From the name of the stage, that is.

It became the Information Systems (IS) thinking stage. The computer became the vehicle for spreading information throughout the business. Get the correct information to the correct people, or at least give them access to it, and you will get the best results.

Finally, in the last few years, we have realized that computers are not the only technology that is being affected by the revolution we are undergoing. Every interaction we have is becoming more computerized. Today, I can barely walk my dog without running into some type of computer technology. Tomorrow, I won’t be able to walk the dog without a computer.

Not that I think we’re headed for the world of George Jetson-yet. I just expect my door locks to be computerized before long-the ignition switch on my Prius already is; I don’t have to take the key out to start the car, just press a button. The Prius has had this feature for over five years. And so, I call this final stage that isn’t over yet Information Technology thinking. Today we are realizing that technology is ultimately about the management and transfer of information.

While we in the IT business know that our technology is about managing (and creating) information, businesses as a whole have not figured out how to capitalize on the information. The reason has to do with the stages of computing discussed above.

Where was I going with all of this? I think many of the problems businesses will see in the next few years will come from getting stuck in one or the other of these stages of thinking about computers and technology. It is my task to convince you (a) that this is a potentially serious problem, and (b) that there is something that you can do about it. A later article will have more to say about solving this problem. Right now, you should begin assessing where or whether your business has gotten stuck.